By Barbara Bietz – Children's Books and DVD's

Activities abound during Halloween and kids fill up with treats and tricks.

If you are planning for a crowd of kids or just your own brood, be sure you have some great movies on hand. Choose wisely, and please consider the age your bunch; avoid anything too scary for little ones.

Witches in Stitches – Even preschoolers adore this short film about wacky witches and their escapades on Halloween night. Witches can be funny!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – You can’t go wrong with this classic! Charlie Brown and his bag full of charcoal are sure to engage the youngest crowd. There’s lots of nostalgic fun for mom and dad, too.

Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular – What’s a girl to do when the big kids leave her behind on Halloween? If she has a scary Godmother, she is in for a night filled with fun and surprises!

The Little Vampire – Kid-pleaser Jonathan Lipnicki stars in this charming story about a boy who finds friendship with a young vampire. The adventures are entertaining; just enough ghoulish fun for the family. Perfect for 8-10 year olds.

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It – Sure to please Goosbumps fans, the scary story of a teenaged goth girl with a penchant for practical jokes finds more than she bargains for when she finds a used book. This fun flick offers some pretty spooky scenes sprinkled with silliness. Tween viewers will recognize the co-stars from Hannah Montana

Monster House – Warning: Although this movie has animated characters, it is a scare fest! Young DJ thinks something is awry in the scary house across the street. But when the mean man who lives there has a heart attack and is taken away in an ambulance, the trouble in not over! At first DJ is frustrated when no one believes him, but he and his friends soon discover the house plans to eat children on Halloween. There is no blood or gore, but some super spooky stuff!

While you curl up with leftover candy, be sure to leave a light on!

 

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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